Earth
Earth

Earth formed in Melbourne in the early 90s and for most of that decade and the early 00s was one of the mainstays of the scene. Heavily influenced by the melodic death metal style of Gothenburg, Sweden, Earth became popular as one of the first (and, for some time, one of the only) Australian bands experimenting with the style. Their early demo sold out of several pressings.

Star Condemn’d was recorded in 1998 but remained unreleased until mid-2000. Their label-seeking efforts initially paid off in mid 1999 when they were picked up by Swedish label Iron Fist, although the association didn’t last and the debut album was further delayed. Meanwhile, Birge played in Damaged for several months between late 1998 to early 1999, and Mollica was also a member of Engraved and a guitarist with Abramelin as well as featuring in several other Melbourne bands at various times.

Bassist Dan seriously injured his hand on the eve of Earth’s first appearance at the 1999 Metal for the Brain festival and the band played the show without a bass player. By then Earth had become strongly established as one of Australia’s best metal talents, with a killer live reputation. Birge left Earth for personal reasons in 2001 after the recording of The Bleeding Fields. He was replaced in December 2001 by Terry Vainoras from Order of Chaos. Ben Kornov joined Earth in 2002.

The second album showed a different side of Earth’s sound, leaning more toward a heavy death rock style similar to Entombed. 2002 was meant to be the year that Earth would concentrate their efforts on Europe, however further upheaval took place in the line-up when Hird left due to pregnancy and Withoos also moved on. Withoos joined Atomizer briefly and then formed Darkest Dawn, which also featured Stirling on bass for a while.

In mid-2004, Earth announced it would be coming to an end after a series of farewell shows for which they were rejoined by Brendan Birge; however after what was mooted as the band’s final appearance at the 2005 Metal for the Brain festival, Earth then recanted its decision to split. With Sarah Lim from Eletrik Dynamite joining in the meantime, the band has continued to be active and during 2006 supported Dismember. A third album was planned for 2007 but did not appear for two years. In July 2008 Earth once again supported Dismember on a national tour. The band’s album Fear of Tomorrow was recorded in late 2008 and released in September 2009, with Sarah Jezebel Diva doing guest vocals on one track. Brendan Birge left Earth a second time during 2010 and was immediately replaced by Dave Leight from Embodied.

 

 

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